Readers told me 3 books they loved, 1 book they hated, and what they’re reading right now. In turn, I’m choosing 1 mainstream pick, 1 eccentric pick, and 1 YA/memoir/nonfiction pick for each reader. (Or more, if I can’t help myself.)
This week we’re choosing books for Sarah, Jenna, and Caitlin.
Love: Pride & Prejudice, Nine Coaches Waiting, The Secret Garden
Hate: The Casual Vacancy
Recently: True Grit (Portis)
Sarah loves both refined classics (P&P) and classics with murder plots—that’s quite a spread! I chose accordingly.
For Jane Austen fans, Elizabeth Gaskell’s Wives and Daughters is a sure thing, and A Jane Austen Education is a good bet. The modern novel Winter’s Bone explores many of the same themes as True Grit andNine Coaches Waiting.
Doc: A Novel is the latest from Mary Doria Russell (author of The Sparrow), and it tells the story of Doc Holliday, who gained notoriety—along with Wyatt Earp— for his involvement in the shootout at the O.K. Corral. Readers, take note: it’s definitely more True Grit than P&P.
Love: Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day, The Homeschool Experiment, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Meh: Any book about coming of age, sisters becoming friends, children dying/being hurt, or illness. I feel like I have read all of those stories over and over. I am always looking for a fresh plot line.
Last Read: Princess Academy (loved!)
Let’s start with two must-reads for Miss Pettigrew fans: What Alice Forgot and Parnassus on Wheels. One is old, one is new, both are utterly charming. Because of Guernsey, I’m recommending Unbroken and The Boys in the Boat—two real-life adventure stories from the same era.
The fairy tale-ish The Search for Delicious has the feel of Jenna’s picks, doesn’t break her “meh” rules, and is fun for all ages.
Love: To Kill a Mockingbird, The Help, The Hunger Games, Jane Austen
Hate: The Tenth of December, The Tiger’s Wife
Recently: Caleb’s Crossing, The Language of Flowers
The Invention of Wings is a must-read for fans of The Help and To Kill a Mockingbird. Like Lauren’s other loves,
How did I do? What books would YOU recommend to these readers?
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